Top class elite triathletes and paratriathletes will compete in the iconic Strathclyde Country Park, as the British Triathlon Super Series returns to Scotland on Sunday 2 September 2012 for the GE Strathclyde Park Triathlon.
Set in the grounds of the 2014 Commonwealth Games venue, the GE Strathclyde Park Triathlon, offers fans a first glimpse of world-class racing four weeks after the Olympic Triathlon action in London’s Hyde Park. This year’s event has the exciting addition of an elite paratriathlon and the Scottish Standard Distance Triathlon Championships.
Due to adverse and unusual weather conditions over the last few months North Lanarkshire Council have had to close Strathclyde Loch to immersion sports. Therefore, the swim section of the triathlon has been cancelled and replaced with an additional run section, turning the event into a duathlon.
Elite triathletes will start with a 1.3km run before mounting their bikes for the challenging 21km course adjacent to the Loch. The final 5km run over two laps of a flat course will be a fast and furious race around the Loch.
The elite paratriathlon, which is an addition to the established elite and mass participation races, features a 1.5km run, a 21km bike course over 4 laps and finishes off with a final 5km run. The competition, open to all six classifications of paratriathletes, and will feature top paratriathletes from the around UK.
Scottish paratriathlete, Jane Egan, a world and European champion, said: “It's so exciting to have the very first paratriathlon ever held in Scotland as a part of the British Triathlon Super Series. What with it also occurring during the London 2012 Paralympic Games, this means there'll be huge amounts of interest and focus on elite disability sport, which is fantastic.
“It's going to be brilliant for everyone watching and taking part, at the venue which will stage the 2014 Commonwealth Games in just two years’ time. I'm sure the atmosphere will be incredible and the public will get right behind all the paratriathletes.
“One of the most exciting things about this event is having the multiple different elements in a single day of racing including an elite paratriathlon, mass participation and age-group competition. There's something for everyone and I'm delighted it's going to be happening up here in Scotland.”
Competition kicks off in the morning with the mass participation race, which also includes the triathlonscotland Scottish Standard Distance Championships. The races offer triathletes the chance to compete at the same venue as some of Great Britain’s top triathletes as the elite athlete races follow in the afternoon. Athletes begin with a 1.5km run, a 40km cycle and finish with a 10km run.
The age-group event is also the second of three qualifiers for the GE Great Britain Age-Group Team for the 2013 Alanya ETU Triathlon European Championships.
British terrestrial broadcaster Channel 4 has confirmed it will screen highlights of the race in an hour show on Sunday 16 September, which will show the GE Strathclyde Park Triathlon high definition for the first time this year.
Additional information for all the races can be found at www.strathclydeparktriathlon.com.